by Susan McCarthy
Everyday practice: Is the way a space is being used the way you want it to be used?
Although a garage is intended to be the place to store your car, too often it becomes a catch-all for things that you don’t want in your house but haven’t decided to get rid of. A garage also becomes a home to tools and gardening supplies, as well as recreational and sports equipment and toys.
It’s all too easy to pile more stuff on top of other stuff until 1) you can’t remember what you have stored in those inaccessible boxes or 2) you know what’s in the garage, but you can’t find it (or don’t want to go looking for it) and so it becomes easier to buy new items to “replace” what you already own.
Get Ready to Organize Your Garage
Set up zones for storing things in your garage – that corner for tools, another for yard and garden supplies, a space for toys and another for sports and recreation equipment. Once you have a clear idea what you want from this space, it will be easier to see where to store things.
Only after decluttering do you want to consider if the items can best be stored in bins on shelves, hanging from a pegboard, or kept in a cabinet. Focus on making the items easy to retrieve when you want to use them and you’ll make good organizing choices.
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Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.